Mmmm, Mmmm Memory: Chocolate No Bake Cookies

Feminists don’t cook. At least, that’s what I was taught. As a child, I viewed cooking as dreaded “woman’s work,” something that HAD to be done and the only fools that enjoyed it were the retro, weak females without a brain. Ok, so that’s a little strong but I was taking cues from my mother.

Then I took Home Economics at school. We had an awesome home ec room with about 10 mini-kitchen stations.


No, it didn’t really look like that. I’m not THAT old. Just a cool picture from 1939.

This is closer to what it looked like:

home ec room

Each station had it’s own stove/oven, sink, cabinets, chopping block, etc. Because the rest of the world was catching up to my mother’s view, home ec was on its way out of the curriculum. There were only about 10 of us in the class. So we each got our own mini kitchen. And after our first cooking lesson – Chocolate No Bake Cookies – I was hooked! Secretly, very secretly, I was in HEAVEN!

I found this on Photobucket:

nobake recipe

This is exactly the recipe I use.

This is what they’ll look like once you make them:

nobake cookies

Oh, and you’re going to need this, too:



(The inspiration for this post comes from Country-Fried Mama at . Please visit. And tell her Jane sent you!)


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16 responses to “Mmmm, Mmmm Memory: Chocolate No Bake Cookies

  1. Those look AMAZING. And yummy!!!!! (And the best…easy to make!) So make me some 🙂

  2. That looks like my kind of recipe.

    I don’t remember having home ec in school, but we did have “industrial arts.” I still have a very ugly step stool to prove all I learned in that course.

    Thanks for playing along today!

  3. ymk

    Oooh yummy! Except for the peanut butter… yeah shoot me I don’t like it with chocolate.

  4. They remind me of Star Crunch cookies!

  5. This made me LOL. I am a feminist, too, and that’s what I though. That feminists DON’T cook. now I’m proud to cook some ass-kicking dishes if I say so myself! 😀

  6. I wish I could try them they look good. But I had better not. I’m a feminest but I didn’t think it meant I didn’t cook. I thought it meant I only cooked when I wanted to.

  7. I think these were the first things I baked in my high school home ec class, too, only we called them ‘oat delights’. And I love them. Thanks for the walk down memory lane, and the recipe.

    I came from a bit of a backwards high school. A couple of years after I went through they changed the class to ‘life skills’, and combined shop and home ec and required all students to take it. However, when I entered you still had to choose, and it was pretty clear that girls took home ec and boys took shop. A few brave souls crossed the gender divide, but not many, and I was not one of them. I’m a little sad, actually, because I think I would have liked woodworking.

  8. oK, that picture looks EXACTLY like my old home-ec room. And we used to make these cookies when I was a kid. Somehow we came up with the name Moose Turds for them. Nice.

  9. Those cookies look delicious.

    It’s funny, I grew up being told I should cook and it made me not want to cook. It made me feel trapped. Now I’m married to a man who does most of the cooking. I can cook, but don’t have to. Now I view cooking more as an art form.

  10. i have never heard of these but i will certainly give them a try! thanks for sharing! 😀

  11. How could you not like no bake cookies?

  12. I can’t wait to try those cookies!
    I grew up with strong-willed women, feminists every one, but boy, could they cook. They’re intimidating.

  13. this was my first home ec recipe too!!! and i can still say they are my absolute favorites — and my husband and two girls hate them, so when i make them, they are all mine!!! they are so de-lish!!! thanks for the memory — and now the craving!

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